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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 8663 7228
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century...

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern-day Police Station or put yourself on trial in court.Home to Melbourne's oldest prison, historic Magistrates' Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been at the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s. Most of Australia’s infamous characters, including iconic bushranger, Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within the walls of this amazing precinct. A ticket to the Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.

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Absolutely amazing and very well done! Take your time and read the stories of early Australia. I would highly recommend a visit and get a feel for early Australian life.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely amazing and very well done! Take your time and read the stories of early Australia. I would highly recommend a visit and get a feel for early Australian life.

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Sydney Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place has a sort of reverence about it but I won't like to be left here over night with too many tormented souls residing within these thick walls of imprisonment. Excellent value and insights that guides provides along with any current exhibits. I also enjoy a visit with the family and find it highly informative for all involved. Ned... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a fantastic experience, from the old watch house tour to the Gaol itself. The audio tour enhanced the experience,with different stories and facts that we could listen in which order we wished. Definitely a must do in Melbourne

Thank Vanessa S
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A good place to learn about some of the history of Melbourne, and Ned Kelly. The watch house was interesting...didn't realise it was still used so recently.

Thank junebaby12
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent an afternoon going through gaol where Ned Kelly was hanged. Was a sombering day looking at the conditions in the gaol.was really good with a guided tour explained a lot. Went to the courthouse beautiful building great props well explained. Then got arrested at the old gaol. Was really well done. Lady playing her part was almost real ha... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great day. Was very interesting to see how gaol was and how the prisoners were treated. Very historical seeing where Ned Kelly was hung and seeing the cells where they were kept. Something for everyone. Stephanie the tour guide was great showing us the photos of ghosts that have been seen there and giving us some fascinating... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Entrance fee includes entry to the museum, interesting if a little underwhelming during the day, fee also includes the lock up tour experience, fun predictable, good banter and made the ticket price worth it. Think the ghost tour at night would be the better option. Fun way to spend a few hours if the weather is not great

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You form a convoy of other 'prisoners' when you join this trip. Informative and humourous. Visit the cells...see the prisoner 'masks' and visit the padded cell!

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well maintained gaol and rich piece of history. Jail cells have interesting stories and staff explain the structure and historic facts very well. We didn't enjoy the court experierience but other than that it was 2-2.5 hours of the morning well spent.

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Mornington Peninsula, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It was a great thing to see in Melbourne and learn about. At first they $25 entry seemed a bit steep but includes a guided tour (reenactment style) and was great to just imagine how things would have been back when. Not far from key Melbourne shopping so can be a half day activity pre shop ;)

Thank Corey B

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